Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers
The ODA strives to bring you amazing keynote speakers at every Annual Spring Meeting. Silken Laumann and Neil Pasricha delivered fun and inspiring presentations. ASM23 keynote speakers will be announced in 2023.

Silken LaumannSilken Laumann
Olympic Hero and Mental Health Advocate

Mental health advocate and four-time Olympian, Silken Laumann is one of Canada’s most inspirational leaders. She is best-selling author, and a highly recognizable and beloved athlete who has made her work reaching her own potential and helping others reach theirs.
Her Olympic story is legendary and inspirational. She fought back from a devastating rowing accident to win a bronze medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Silken was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

Neil Pasricha Neil Pasricha
Happiness Expert and Bestselling Author of The Book of Awesome

Neil is a Harvard MBA, New York Times bestselling author and award-winning blogger. He is the “pied piper of happiness” who dazzles audiences with ideas that skyrocket happiness into the stratosphere. With infectious enthusiasm, heartfelt authenticity, and a “what works” authority, Neil draws on the latest research in happiness to increase individual performance.
His first book, The Book of Awesome, was a runaway No. 1 international bestseller.